Blue Forests Madagascar Programme Manager

Based in either Antananarivo or Toliara, with extensive travel to Blue Ventures’ three mangrove field sites, the Blue Forests Madagascar Programme Manager will be responsible for overseeing all Blue Forests activities in Madagascar, working with local staff to support communities to sustainably manage their mangroves, as well as ensuring the two blue carbon projects in Madagascar are being effectively developed and implemented. They will be line managed by the Conservation Programme Manager (UK) while working closely with the global Blue Forests Programme Manager, Site Leaders and field staff, as well as the Madagascar Country Director. They will also work closely with the technical managers of Blue Ventures’ Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture programmes, to ensure the continued successful integrated development of mangrove fisheries and aquaculture models. The role will involve the line management of one Project Coordinator, as well as partnership engagement with key mangrove stakeholders in Madagascar, including NGOs and government bodies.

Major Roles and Responsibilities Project Coordination and Technical Support

  • Through the use of monitoring and tracking tools, plus close communication with Site Leaders, technical programme leads and field staff, coordinate all mangrove activities in Madagascar, ensuring activities are effectively implemented at all sites according to grant/programme objectives, and lessons learned are shared appropriately and Blue Ventures’ values are adhered to;
  • Management of the Madagascar‐specific grants that involve mangrove activities (currently 3 grants totalling $800,000), including budgeting and financial management, all reporting and, as required, supporting the Conservation team at our UK headquarters with communications with funders;
  • Provide technical forestry support to sites to ensure mangrove management plans and alternative wood plantations are suitably developed;
  • Ensure Blue Ventures’ mangrove ‘models’ are financially viable and sustainable;
  • With close communication with Site Leaders, oversee the development of mangrove‐specific alternative livelihoods in Madagascar, including beekeeping, and the expansion of alternative wood plantations;
  • Support the Velondriake team with the development and implementation of a Plan Vivo project within the Velondriake LMMA in SW Madagascar;
  • Support the Blue Forests Programme Manager with the technical oversight of the VCS blue carbon project Blue Ventures is developing in Ambanja Bay in NW Madagascar;
  • Work closely with the Sustainable Fisheries Programme Manager and the Aquaculture Programme Coordinator to ensure the continued successful development mangrove fisheries and aquaculture models.
  • Contribute to fundraising bids and peer‐reviewed publications as required.

 

Communications and Partnership development

  • Effectively communicate of Blue Forests activities in Madagascar both internally within Blue Ventures through quarterly email updates, and externally through blogs and posts for social media;
  • In close coordination with Site Leaders and other Technical Leads, ensure the ongoing development of relations with key mangrove‐related stakeholders in Madagascar, with a particular focus on NGOs;
  • When requested, provide technical support to public, private, NGO and community partners within Madagascar;
  • Represent Blue Ventures at technical workshops and sitting on relevant technical project committees, particularly those related to the development of alternative wood sources;
  • Support Blue Ventures’ Partnerships and Policy Manager to communicate Blue Forests activities to the national government and appropriately support government‐led mangrove initiatives, with a particular focus on Madagascar’s national REDD+ programme.

 

Staff Management

  • Line management of the SW Blue Forests Project Coordinator, including supporting their professional development and facilitating individual training as necessary
  • Identify Blue Forests Madagascar‐specific staffing needs and leading the recruitment processes as necessary.

 

Requirements

Essential

  • University degree in agronomy, forestry, environmental management or a similar discipline;
  • Demonstrated experience in the development and implementation of community‐based forestry projects;
  • Strong project management skills with proven grant management experience;
  • Proven partnership development experience and networking skills;
  • Excellent level in the French or Malagasy language, plus very good written English;
  • Willing to work for extended periods of time in remote communities with limited access to amenities
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate across all social settings
  • A strong team player who is friendly and willing to participate in a wide range of tasks
  • Thrives in multicultural environments Desirable
  • An understanding of the carbon project development process

 

Application Details Applicants should apply online by 6th November 2016. Please note that applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and first‐round interviews may be conducted with short‐listed candidates before the application deadline.

 

Summary Job Description

Mangroves are a vital ecosystem for both coastal communities and inshore fisheries across the tropics, including in Madagascar. Through its Blue Forests programme, Blue Ventures is developing innovative models to support locally‐led mangrove management. Central to this programme is the pioneering development of community‐centric ‘blue carbon’ projects, with the aim of harnessing the extraordinary amount of carbon sequestered by mangroves, along with the voluntary carbon market, to incentivise and fund LMMAs. Underpinning these blue carbon projects and all of Blue Ventures’ mangrove initiatives are sustainable, community‐led mangrove forest management and alternative livelihoods that ease local dependence on mangrove resources.

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